Call Me By Your Name is a work of art, and don’t you dare contest this completely objective and unbiased statement.
But, just when you thought that perfection couldn’t really be topped, this Instagram account came along to prove us all wrong. Call Me By Monet is rather ingeniously merging scenes from the movie with paintings by French Impressionist artist Claude Monet.
The genius behind the account you never knew you needed is Mika Labrague, a psychology graduate living in Manila, Philippines.
She says she became so inspired by the book and film that she started to create images based on her interpretation of what she saw and read.
“I was so immersed to the world of Elio and Oliver that I started putting what I saw and read into an art the way I saw it,” says Labrague.
You might well be wondering why Labrague chose Monet as the subject of her Instagram fan art. One chapter from the novel provided the kernel of the idea for the Instagram account. “I got the idea from the novel’s chapter, Monet’s Berm,” says Labrague. “According to the book, it was the place where Monet used to paint and also where Elio brought Oliver.”
Labrague says that after seeing the movie, she was talking to a friend about how Monet’s paintings and the setting of the film “had the same vibe” and both featured the same “lush green trees, the beaches, the flowers.”
“Out of curiosity, I browsed more of Monet’s paintings and I was reminded of certain scenes from the film. From there I decided to merge the two masterpieces,” she says.
She creates the images by choosing a painting that “fits perfectly to one of the film stills.” She then edits the film still and “pastes it to the painting.”
With over 37K followers, Labrague seems to have tapped into Call Me By Your Name fans’ insatiable appetite. She says the response to her creations has been “amazing.”
“I didn’t expect that people would love it and give positive feedback,” she says. “I’m so humbled by all the love my work has been getting.”
Perhaps Oliver’s iconic line should have been, “Call me by your name and I’ll call you Monet.” Just an idea.